Developing Tools to Improve Practice
Malolan S. Rajagopalan, MD, MBA, developed the RadOnc Toolbox, a digital resource to compile and categorize both acute and late radiation symptom management strategies and prioritize them by effectiveness and the levels of evidence that support them. The RadOnc Toolbox app is available for Apple iOS and Android and includes:
- Evidence-based interventions for managing and preventing 8 of the most common radiation-related toxicities.
- Toxicity scales.
- Dose constraints.
- A dose conversion calculator.
- Performance status scales.
The ROI has supported the development of the RadOnc Toolbox because too often the management of treatment related symptoms involves the empiric administration of medications or therapies with limited evidence about their relative effectiveness. Because there is growing concern that the severity of acute radiation side effects may have a substantial impact on a patient's recovery and risk of late effects of therapy, improving practice for managing both acute and late toxicities is important. Log in with ASTRO.org credentials is required to access the medical content in the RadOnc Toolbox.
The RadOnc Toolbox is now available at the App Store® or on Google Play.